Posted on April 3, 2013 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
Woman As Art
Why don’t women wear pantyhose anymore? Or, they don’t seem to wear pantyhose as often as they did when I was a young man.
Even when women get dressed up, they go bare-legged.
I guess pantyhose are too much of a bother for the modern woman.
If they only knew.
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Posted on March 28, 2013 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
Woman As Art
I don’t remember when I realized Andy Warhol grew up in Oakland here in Pittsburgh and attended Carnegie Mellon University.
But it wasn’t until last summer that I went looking for his childhood home on Dawson Street. There’s nothing special about the house. It didn’t even look as if anyone lived there. There wasn’t even a plaque with his name on it.
The Old Soldier was still inspired.
I’ve been to the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Shore. I’ve read biographies about him. I read the book he co-authored. I’ve seen a few of his films. I’ve seen his photos, drawings and his art (I’ve never heard the Velvet Underground). I was one of the original subscribers to Interview, the magazine he founded and which I still read every time a new edition hits the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh here in Oakland where I live.
Andy Warhol (Photo credit: vpickering)
Andy was supposed to have said, “I’ll be your mirror.”
The Old Soldier thinks that’s a fine philosophy for an editor to live by.
WJAS/1320/A.M./Tom Jones/Barbra Streisand/Lulu/Tony Bennett/Frank Sinatra/Nat King Cole/Perry Como/Johnny Ray/Connie Francis/Dusty Springfield/Petula Clark/Dionne Warwick/Johnny Mathis/Johnny Cash/Sammy Davis Jr./Elvis/Gordon Lightfoot…
English: Andy Warhol’s childhood home located at 3252 Dawson Street in the South Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on April 30, 2010. “Andy lived on Dawson Street from 1934 until he left for New York City in 1949. These fifteen years were the most formative years of his life.”http://www.warhola.com/warholahouse.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Posted on July 15, 2012 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
Graduate School of Education Diploma Ceremony (Photo credit: fordhamalumni)
When the Old Soldier taught writing courses at the University of Pittsburgh to undergraduates (I was a grad student on a generous fellowship) from 2004 to 2006, many of my students would hand in stories that took place in exotic, far away places filled with fascinating, quirky people.
The stories always baffled me. The problem was my students were writing about places they had never been to and about people they had never met. The stories did not hold together. How could they?
Don’t make the same mistake. Sure, we all know of writers with such great writing skills that they can conjure up places and people who can only be found in the imaginations of these writers and we believe every word they write.
Most of us are not that kind of writer.
I know you have heard this over and over again, but there is a lot of truth in the saying that “a writer should write about what he or she knows”.
I’m not suggesting that you can’t use your imagination. I’m not suggesting that you can’t make things up. After all, we are talking about flash fiction.
All I’m saying is that you will find plenty of great raw material for your flash fiction in your own life.
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